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    Hello; I am a long time out of the business so I wondered; If I were at college now. What would be the criteria applied in terms of singing range to distinguish between Basso Profundo, Bass, and Bass Baritone?.

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    From what I remember from my college days:
    • Basso Profundo: D2 (two octaves below middle C) to D4 (just above middle C)
    • Bass: E2 to E4
    • Baritone: G2 to G4
    These may not be the standards they are teaching today ... college for me was 40 years ago

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    I think the difference between Bass and Bass-Baritone is not only a question of range (although a bass-baritone ought to be able to sing sustainedly in the area of C4-F4, especially in the Wagnerian roles), but also timbre.

    A Bass-Baritone is a "brighter" voice with more upper harmonics and resonances. Compare for example Terfel's sound (brighter, more baritonal) to Tomlinson's (darker and more bass-like... even though he has the upper range available).

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    For the difference between a basso profondo and a basso cantante, see also Grand Inquisitor vs. Philip. For example, Halfvarson vs. Furlanetto demonstrate is very well.

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    Though the timbre of my (speaking) voice would usually put me in as a baritone, my range is typically D2 to middle C, just hitting D, E, and F above for very short durations. That's the range I sing naturally, but that's not what I actually sing. I actually end up singing C3-E4, because that's the range that all our pieces use, and because "you're not supposed to drop an octave, dammit!" (Our accompanist is a tenor, and it really bugs him when I drop an octave. )

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    Ah thats interesting to read.guess im a profundo.

    C2 to D4

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    Quote Originally Posted by emiellucifuge View Post
    Ah thats interesting to read.guess im a profundo.

    C2 to D4



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    Quote Originally Posted by emiellucifuge View Post
    Im not legally allowed....



    Oh well it was worth a try
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    Im quite flattered really!

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    Quote Originally Posted by emiellucifuge View Post
    Im quite flattered really!


    Well it's OK for a guy to *appreciate* a woman's physical attributes so it should be OK for a girl (I use the term loosely) to *appreciate* a guy for his physical attributes.
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    Quote Originally Posted by sospiro View Post


    I use the term loosely
    Just low loosely?

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    Quote Originally Posted by KJohnson View Post
    Just low loosely?
    I presume low is a typo & you mean how?

    I'm too old to be called a girl is what I meant.
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    Ah.. I hate leaving a typo, especially when making a cheap joke.

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    More with the topic... How common is Bass-Baritone? Is it reasonable to expect that he may reach the low F?

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